Rare fruits on virtual tour (Poll Inside)

Soft and creamy: Borneo is home to the Buah tarap. The fragrance primarily emanates from its skin. The flavour of its flesh is similar to that of a jackfruit.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will showcase its rare and exotic fruits to the world via the “Hidangan Buah Nadir” virtual tour of several locations in the country.

People will get to know more about the lesser-known local fruits and their unique characteristics and undiscovered benefits through the tours of several locations with the goal of promoting and elevating the country’s cultural heritage, particularly local fruits.

The programme was launched online yesterday by Stage Master (M) Sdn Bhd, with the goal of promoting and elevating the country’s cultural heritage, particularly local fruits, Bernama reported.

According to Stage Master, the programme is fully supported by the Tourism, Arts, and Culture Ministry as a platform to share and educate local and foreign tourists about the country’s unique heritage.

“This programme will take you to interesting destinations in Kedah, Terengganu, Kelantan, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Sabah and Sarawak, featuring rare fruits such as melinjau, nipah, kecupu, bambangan, dabai, buah tarap and jambu golok.

“Each episode will highlight a different rare fruit and provide an explanation of its nutrition and the associated health benefits,” it said in a statement.

The programme will guide participants from the natural habitat of the rare fruits to the process of preparing a dish with them.

It will also feature Prof Dr Muhammad Shahrim Karim, an expert in Malaysian Heritage Food and Culture from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), who will explain each fruit’s incredible potential and help viewers better appreciate the bounty of local fruits.

“Hidangan Buah Nadir” will be broadcast in eight episodes, each lasting 20 to 25 minutes and hosted by Akhmal Nazri, who will be joined by celebrity guests such as Datuk Ramli Sarip, Chef Richard from “Richard is Cooking,” and Satthiya Candy.

“They will play a significant role as ‘ambassadors’ representing diverse ethnicities in Malaysia to promote our country’s rare fruits,” it said.

It added that the programme would be featuring 16 different kinds of rare fruits.

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